We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent reports in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news summary, we speak about Zimbabwean President who suspended University of Zimbabwe vice-chancellor for awarding former First Lady Grace Mugabe a PhD degree, masters-for-money scandal in Marocco and GCSE results in England.

Here Youth Time Magazine publishes three of the most interesting and informative youth related news items of the past week. Our weekly news roundup is published every Monday and Friday and contains just some of the most important developments in the world of global youth. Follow, like and submit comments on Facebook and other Youth Time media.

 

Many years back in two neighbouring villages in the U.S. researchers were baffled that despite the comparatively unhealthy diet those living in that particular village, suffered less heart problems and other health problems than the village next door. After years of research and studying many habits of the inhabitants of the two villages the researchers came to the conclusion that in one village lived the descendants of the Dutch and the other village was inhabited mainly by the descendants of Italians. The Dutch were relatively much less interwoven as a community than the Italians who traditionally live closely knit with their neighbours, relatives and family. So despite the pasta and cheeses, Italians lived longer because they were surrounded by people.

Gone are the days when man and woman met on social occasions and wanted to be introduced. Gone are also the days when men would woo a woman and the process of romance was entirely different. According to many browsing profiles is a lot quicker and less disheartening than going the old established way.

Can you imagine how your life might be without your best friend? Who would listen to all of your terrible jokes or have your back any time you got into trouble? As humans, we rely heavily on friends for support, companionship and even when we want to kick back and have some fun. In fact, whether in social or professional spheres, it is generally accepted that forming strong bonds and partnerships with one another can often bring about positive results. But did you know that throughout the animal kingdom such partnerships are also formed, and not just within a single species?

This year, for the second time in its history, Belarus may see one of its films nominated for an Oscar. The film is called Crystal Swan, and it is the first feature film of Daria Zhuk, a director from Minsk who is currently based in NYC. Daria moved to the US at the age of 16 and, after pursuing a finance degree at Harvard, decided to turn to her true passion – film making. Her journey, however, has not been an easy one. It took her almost a decade to bring to the big screen the story of a young lady called Evelina (Velya), who in the ‘90s followed the American dream by trying to obtain a US visa to immigrate and become a DJ. This summer the film had its premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film festival, opening in the East of the West competition, and then was screened at a few other film festivals. YT met with Daria after the premiere screening and talked to her about her life and work, the stereotypes in cinematography, the millennials, and the problems of family acceptance.

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